Hello fellow BLSDers! I am actually the original poster. I mentioned this a while back, but in another thread. Sorry for the confusion. As for my decision, I ended up paying the deposit at Howard and the 1st and 2nd seat deposits at Georgetown, only because my current employer suggested I send a formal request asking the company to foot the bill. No word yet and I'm really getting down to the wire on this decision. As I sit at work today, I really feel that Howard's offering fits better with the path I'd like to take (minimal debt, no commitment to my current employer or pressure to practice IP or Patent law).
HUSL2007 - thanks for sharing your experiences Soror . I got soooo excited while reading your post. Between staying on top of all the logistics of entering law school this fall and working full time, I've hardly given myself a chance to sit back and appreciate the great experience that I'll be embarking on. Your post is inspiring and brought back the excitement that's gotten lost in all the stress of making this decision. Do you mind sharing how you met and partnered with your mentor?
Thanks everyone for your comments and I'll be sure and let you all know when I've DEFINATELY made a decision.
Finding My Mentor
At the beginning of the Fall semester I was paired with a upperclassmen. She had way too much going on. So I decided "I don't need a mentor!" "I got through undergrad without one and still was at the top of my class." Around the middle of the semester... when EVERYONE was talking about outlining and synthesizing the rules, I was crying and pulling my hair out. I needed someone to talk to about the way I was feeling.
I had a lot of help from other students. And I made a lot of friends but no one would push me and yell at me and give me tough love.
Well... one day in the Rhatt (student center) I was talking to my study partner and this student walked up to us because she heard us talking about LEEWS (an lawschool exam writing prep class) and she told us that we should take it. And then she left.
I paid her no attention, took the advice and signed up for LEEWS...
It was unbelivable... I left LEEWS with some insight into preparing for finals.
I searched for the girl... asked my study partner... got the name... sent her an email.. and the rest is history.
She is the sweetest, smartest, most disciplined person I know at the law school. I mean.. there are other students with those characteristics... but I know MY mentor.
She taught me how to take class notes... she told me the date I should start my outlines... she told me when to stop outlining... and believe it or not... she stayed up with me studying. So my study partner, my mentor and I studied together. When I need to study and my study partner couldn't make it ... she would be there... when her study partners could not make it she would call me to stay up with her.
At the end of my first semester... I had wonderful grades... but not stellar (some would disagree but I don't think my grades where stellar).
I cried and complained... and she said she would slap the hell out of me (she has a weird sense of humor)... because I had great grades!
She helped me get my stuff together... showed me how to effectively prepare for an open book and close book examination. She final showed me her secret to exam writing (must be tweaked for each professor)... My grades this semester were stellar! She is wonderful... she told me what to do at my interviews, what to wear, what not to wear... it might sound crazy... but I don't have time to reinvent the wheel... I am working at a top firm in a major city (as a 1L - rising 2L)
My mentor has become a sister to me...
She said I would make the top 25%... I made that and exceeded that...
I wish that everyone could find a mentor like the one I had for the first year of law school and she will continue to be that mentor throughout my life.